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Victoria housing rant - renting owning searching buying chapter 2 · 31.08.10 by colin newell

Victoria B.C. renters rant for August 2010I have been living with my wife of infinite patience in a really nice “suite” in the Oak Bay, Rockland, Fernwood area.
Digs are kind of nice… 1250 sq. feet. 2 BR. 2 Bath. Laundry on each floor. Mail delivery to the door. Has been called “mind numbing luxury” by someone we know who lives in Hollywood. So that says something. Something to do with the spectacular ocean and 220 degree mountain views. I guess.

Our tower is 16 stories tall and is the highest point in Victoria.

We are just wrapping up a complete window renovation. Single pane to double pane.
The work has been going on for 6 weeks. Has been invasive as heck.
But I am kind of resigned to the noise, the dust and the arrival of gangs of hunky young tool-belted dudes at 7:30AM in the morning. Often without notice… proper legal notice.
If you are a renter, you get 24 hours advance notice of an invasion. In the case of the 80 some tenants in my building… not so much. Not so regular.

It is a BIG project. I will give them that. And the building needs the upgrade. That’s life.

The only thing that really bugs me is the degree of contempt that the owners of the building hold for the tenants.
And I thought it was just me… being cynical and all…
The lack of notice. The 7AM to 7PM schedule. The unannounced arrivals of young dudes.
The dudes don’t bother my wife so much. So there is some upside and balance.

There were a lot of little things that the landlord could have done to ease the pain – like setting aside a quiet area for the many elderly residents. But no.
Maybe NOT working on Saturdays. But no. Giving legal notice with some consistency… but no.

So. We are calling them on it. In a big way. Might report on that as it progresses.

Point of all of this. In my 4 plus decades of life in Planet Earth, I have probably spent 20 of them renting… generally quite successfully. But I almost always get the impression that landlords don’t like their tenants much… always out to screw them.
Just me. Have had some good experiences mind you.

Anyway. Photo gallery of some of the action here labeled Window reno – enjoy.

  1. so what is that fancy antenna for? our office
    condo is being re-mediated right now so I know what you are going thru


    richard wey    Sep 3, 11:26 am    #
  2. We have every imaginable cell antenna on our building… satellite transponders… and I think the A-Channel 3400 watt UHF translator – the building owners are making a killing – we have had more move-outs in the last 6 months than at any time previous – We are also due for a re-piping of the building. You do NOT want to live in the Camosack Manor!


    Colin Newell    Sep 3, 12:57 pm    #

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